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LOVE GATHERS ALL:
A Philippine-Singaporean Anthology
of Poetry

Spirits of Their Glass

1.
Into the fork
     Of her emotions

he thrust
     His starmost song—

that in the milk
     of her silences

his piercings
     may lose their whiteness

and her pores lap
     his nameless soul

and ease him down
     her aeries wakefully.


2.
Spirit of light
     in the aeries

of her east
     his starmost song.

The kissed heart
     lifts, exposed.

And into his breath
     she sinks her wideness

until
     to his tongue

she comes—
     the word waited for.

luring all
     he could not understand

© Ricardo M. de Ungria

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Excerpts from Love Gathers All Recipient, Global Filipino Literary Award

SIMEON DUMDUM JR.
Love Makes the
World Go Round


RICARDO M.
DE UNGRIA
Spirits of Their Glass

LUISA IGLORIA
Homily

MARNE L. KILATES
A Cloud Named Looking-for-You*

ALFIAN BIN SA'AT
Ghazal of Love

CYRIL WONG
Fundamental

TENG QIAN XI
Waterlights

Responsive Poems

MILA D. AGUILAR
83Eighty Three

Carabao Grass

Bibingkang Malagkit

NADINE L. SARREAL
A Thousand Ears
(for Mila, who shares poems in cyberspace)


JESSIE BADILLO
A Filipina Poet Plays Hide and Seek
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